Australia, ADB support Mekong Delta’s climate change fight

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Australia and the Asian Development Bank will provide support on a US$1.3 million project to help the Mekong Delta mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a press release issued by the bank.

The program will begin this month assessing weather patterns in the region to determine likely climate conditions and their future impacts, the statement said.

Pilot adaptation projects are another part of the program, which will be conducted in the coastal provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau, the press release said.

The project is aimed to account for climate change’s impact on the energy, transport and agricultural sectors, it added.

The total cost will be shared among the government of Australia ($800,000), ADB ($500,000) and the Vietnamese government ($300,000). Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will be the executing agency.

According to ADB, Vietnam is one of the nations vulnerable to climate change and the Mekong Delta â€" the country’s main rice producing region â€" is the most at risk.

Preliminary studies showed that up to 31 percent of the delta’s land used for agriculture and aquaculture will be threatened when the sea level rises by one meter by 2100, the bank said.

About 4.8 million local people, including over 1.5 million poor residents, will be severely affected, it added.

Source: Thanh Nien

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